VALRICO — Find a way to close out games, that was the challenge from first-year coach Max Warner to his Bloomingdale players who held a two-score halftime lead. It didn't go easy for the Bulls, though, as Gaither came out strong in the second half answering, then taking the lead and eventually tying things again before pushing overtime. After a 25-yard Will Kagey field goal in the Bulls' overtime possession, Xavier Hernandez was looking to finally answer his coach's call. After the Cowboys failed to find the end zone in its possession, the junior found an open slot on Gaither's kick and smothered the ball to seal Bloomingdale's 23-20 win. "Xavier is a freaking competitor," Warner said. "We called time out (before Gaither's attempt) and he said, 'Coach, I'm going to block it.' "Hernandez, who was nursing a shoulder injury late in the game, said he had to meet Warner's challenge. "Our coach says find a way," Hernandez said. "So I had to find a way for my team." Bloomingdale (2-0) had a sluggish start offensively against a strong Cowboys' defense and although sometimes erratic, junior quarterback Tyler Hunter (7-for-19 for 238 yards, three touchdowns, interception) found a way to get the ball in his playmakers' hands. Senior running back DJ Williams made the most of his second-quarter opportunities, first catching a middle-screen just past the line of scrimmage and bolting 83 yards for the first touchdown and following up later in the second quarter by catching a 17-yard screen to Hunter's left and going in for the score."Losing wasn't an option and … I knew we needed something," DJ Williams said. "We worked hard for this, even in the hurricane rain this week at practice." Gaither responded in the second half as Cowboys running back TJ Williams (11 carries, 118 yards) scored twice on runs of 32 and 26 yards to take the lead. "You felt it slipping a little bit in that third quarter and we came out a little flat," Warner said. "We are still trying to learn how to win and tonight we showed we are starting to get it."Bloomingdale righted things in the fourth as Hunter hit Sam Gonzalez crossing the field and he went 43 yards for a touchdown.But Gaither (1-1) turned to the wildcat offense and got a solid drive led by Terrel Ferrell and Jordan English, who accounted for the 45 yards on the ground, eventually capped by a 1-yard Ferrell keeper. Bloomingdale had a chance late in regulation but Trentyn Jackson intercepted Hunter. It was one of many defensive highlights on the night, including a pair of Jon Locklear sacks for the Bulls, and three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble from Cowboys defensive end Sean Ballesteros and a sack from Estafano Feliciano.